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American Samoa => Samoan Word of the Day => Topic started by: ipacific on March 02, 2010, 09:17:16 AM

Title: Samoan word of the Day: November 25: Fuia
Post by: ipacific on March 02, 2010, 09:17:16 AM
Samoan word of the Day: November 25: Fuia - Samoan Starling

 The most important disperser of fruits in American
Samoa is the fuia, since it eats a very wide variety of fruits. It is
particularly important in regenerating (converting back to forest) areas
that have been cleared for plantations or by cyclones. You can see this
by noting how quickly a cleared area will become covered with lau pata,
maota, and masame, or how nonu or pua lulu begin sprouting in a
clearing deep in the forest. Once an area has these initial forest tree
species, the area becomes more suitable for tree species that prefer
mature forests, like māmālava or asi.